There’s nothing like a home-cooked meal. If you aren’t a master chef in the kitchen but instead have two left thumbs, we’ve got you covered. Why not glean from the expertise of actual professional chefs and bring quality meals to your kitchen table? Here are seven cookbooks by Black authors to try this fall. 

Black Girl Baking – Jerrelle Guy

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From a young age, Jerrelle Guy believed that good food is a means of connecting, understanding, and healing. She is the founder of the popular food blog Chocolate for Basil and is an award-winning food photographer, recipe contributor and Tastemade Tastemaker. Her cookbook “Black Girl Baking” takes readers on a baking journey that connects the five senses and utilizes whole flours, less refined sugar, and vegan alternatives.

Cooking for the Culture – Toya Boudy

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New Orleanian, culinarian, empowerer, and creative, Toya Boudy is the author of “Cooking for the Culture: Recipes And Stories From New Orleans Streets To The Table.”

We love a good home cooked meal, and this cookbook serves all the flavorful goodness of a meal cooked from scratch. His recipes are rooted in Black traditions of his New Orleans hometown.

Fix Me a Plate: Traditional and New School Soul Food Recipes from Scotty Scott of Cook Drank Eat – Scotty Scott 

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Owner of Abe Fromage and author of 2022 NPR Books We Love “Fix Me a Plate,” Scotty Scott is a Detroit native who got his start cooking at a young age. “Fix Me a Plate” is his debut cookbook, and offers 60 recipes that experiment with flavors from South Carolina, Georgia, Louisiana, and Texas. It includes dishes like smothered turkey wings, shrimp and sausage gumbo, and sweet potato pie.

Cousin Rosie Holiday – Rosie Mayes

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Rosie Mayes is a Pacific Northwest chef on a mission to bring Southern soul food to Seattle. Her newest book, “Cousin Rosie Holiday,” showcases her top holiday recipes and tips. You’ll find a mix of mains, sides, desserts, and of course, pies that are perfect for the holidays.

My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook – Kwame Onwuachi 

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Oxtails, jerk chicken, egusi stew, curry, jambalaya, baby back ribs, all the classics are featured in Kwame Onwuachi’s “My America: Recipes from a Young Black Chef: A Cookbook.” Chef Onwuachi utilizes his debut cookbook to highlight recipes from his America – dishes that celebrate the African diaspora and the diversity of American food.

Son of a Southern Chef – Lazarus Lynch

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Lazarus Lynch is a two-time Chopped winner and the host of Snapchat’s first-ever cooking show. He is also the chef behind “Son of a Southern Chef,” a cookbook with more than 100 recipes that offer modern spins on classic dishes like brown butter candy yam mash with goat cheese brülée, shrimp and crazy creamy cheddar grits, and dulce de leche banana pudding. This cookbook standouts from the rest as it blends food, fashion, photography, and storytelling to inspire readers to get in the kitchen.

Vegetable Kingdom – Bryant Terry

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Bryant Terry is a food justice activist and author with a passion for plant-based cooking. He teaches readers how to make wholesome and delicious meals from vegetables, grains, and legumes. Recipes include Dirty Cauliflower, Barbecued Carrots with Slow-Cooked White Beans, Millet Roux Mushroom Gumbo, and Citrus & Garlic-Herb-Braised Fennel. The cookbook is full of fresh ingredients, tasty food, and clever cooking techniques.